Trolls are posting photos of fake missing people from London tower fire
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Trolls are posting photos of fake missing people from London tower fire


The 24-storey Grenfell Tower block in west London.
The 24-storey Grenfell Tower block in west London.

Image: Ray Tang/REX/Shutterstock

As a massive blaze engulfed a London high-rise overnight, the usual trolls began spamming social media with photos of fake missing people, in a similar fashion to what happened in the aftermath of the Manchester terror attack

This time, Mexican trolls were particularly active in targeting the freelance journalist Andrea Noel, who was previously harassed online after sharing a video of a man assaulting her on the street. 

The Twitter user @Sir_Thomaas posted a picture of Noel claiming she was missing:

Noel was also wrongly included in a collage of missing people after the Manchester attack, which went viral and even featured in some media reports:

At the time she said she believed her inclusion was deliberate and linked to her online harassment:

But @Sir_Thomaas didn’t stop with Noel.

He shared the following fake story, below:

He also uploaded and retweeted other photos of fake missing people, like this one of a viral video star from Mexico known as El Pirata de Culiacán. 

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Judging from his Twitter account it’s clear that El Pirata was not at the tower: 

Other accounts with content related to Mexican internet culture also made the rounds on Twitter. 

For example, the YouTuber Mars Aguirre was falsely reported as missing:

But she tweeted four hours ago in Spanish which would again indicate that she wasn’t at the Grenfell Tower: 

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June 14, 2017
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